Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Entry-Level Dental Hygienists take home approximately $30.39 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Dental Hygienists varies from around $40K to approximately $82K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Around two in five receive medical and dental insurance and one in six get vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,078 - $70,818
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$30K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,911
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$21.84 - $39.92
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$30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,078 - $70,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,640  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,624  
Commission
$2,900  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,473 - $82,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 792
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.84 - $39.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10  
Overtime
$3.00 - $59.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,640  
   
Commission
$2,900  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,624  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,473 - $82,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,971
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Pacific Dental Services Incorporated attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $75K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Aspen Dental — median pay is $57K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $47K and only reaching $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,807

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists that is 43 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+19 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). In Jacksonville, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (5 percent lower) and Los Angeles (3 percent lower).

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Danville:
"Do Not Participate in Office Gossip."
Make an effort to get along with all co-workers. Never start or perpetuate office rumors or gossip. Understand that in a dental environment you will occasionally have to pick up the slack for someone else. You do what needs to be done to keep the office running on schedule even if it's not your official job duty. If you feel that you are doing this too often and your coworkers are not being team players (and nothing is being done by "the people in charge"), then maybe you should start looking for another place of employment because you will get worn out and start to resent your co-workers. As a result patients one way or the other, will not receive the treatment they deserve.

Dental Hygienist in Seattle:
"Basics."
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.

Dental Hygienist in Forest Grove:
"Don't Give Up."
You will be stressed with the time limit you have, but don't give up. Know what you are worth and what you are capable of and own it. Be confident and compassionate. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. Everything will come in time and you will get better and better!

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

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Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

Anesthesia
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National Average
$62,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 355 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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